Truck and Twins


Minnesota Twins

Overheated driving down the highway today. I’ve been bragging about how much cooler the engine has been running since I did all this engine work, so this caught me a little by surprise. I was stuck on the side of the road with no water, so I did the only … Read More



Tepui RTT on '68 International Travelall

Ali sold all of her jewelry. Wedding ring? Gone. Diamond earrings? Gone. Class rings? Gone. Miscellaneous bling? Gone. Gone. All gone. Not because we’re broke, but because she simply didn’t want it any longer. She can’t foresee herself ever wanting to wear expensive, flashy jewelry again. For thirteen years now that … Read More

International Outfitting



There just isn’t a whole lot going on around here right now. It sort of feels like we now live here and are suburban parents. Ouest is going to a reading class each day, and while she is there I work next door in the Starbucks, which is about as … Read More

Time to Work and Play



We’ve got a host of family things going on this month, which are keeping our feet planted for a few weeks. That gives us plenty of time to visit my dad. And gives Ouest time to go to reading camp for a couple hours each morning. She gets to take her … Read More

Cars, Fairs, and Parties



The past week has been a bit of a mishmash of experiences. We went out to the Back to the 50s car show. It’s a massive affair held at the State Fairgrounds, and it was brutally hot and humid. We didn’t see even 5% of the cars, but did spot … Read More

One Step Closer



Well, the bus is gone—which left us having to fly from Portland to MN. Not our favorite mode of travel. Not by a long shot. But, just fourteen hours after waking up, we were at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, and one step closer to new adventures. Waiting on Grandpa. The … Read More

Winding Down in Portland



We spent our last week in Portland before flying to Minnesota. Over time, I think, our lifestyle has actually afforded us more time with our families than had we stayed put in Chicago. I’m sure there is no way we would have seen each other as much had we slipped … Read More

Beach Birthday



My mom and her twin sister had a pretty big birthday coming up, so we gathered up a bunch of family and headed for a beach house rental to celebrate. Our timing was incredibly lucky—the weather in Portland while we were gone was 103 degrees, the temps on the beach … Read More

Saying Goodbye to the Bus



My birth mother and one of my sisters came down to visit for a couple of days. This was the first time we had met Hallie, but it didn’t take the kids long to warm up to her. Ouest tells us she wishes she could have a mustache, so we … Read More




A couple of months ago I had this conversation with Ouest and afterwards I jotted it down. I found it on my desktop today: When I told Ouest that we were thinking about taking a smaller truck to South America, instead of our blue bus, I explained to her that … Read More

Travco For Sale

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EDIT:  Sold! Within two hours of listing the bus, we’ve got the money in our account. If there is one thing (well, three things) we’ve learned with selling things it is to be honest, take gorgeous pictures, and to price it to sell. When we’re ready to move on to … Read More

Bus Prepping



The past few days, since we decided on selling the bus, have been filled with minor projects. Things like replacing the odometer cable, replacing two ceiling panels, rearranging the kids’ bedroom for adult use once again, and giving the walls and cabinets a fresh coat of stain. Mostly just a … Read More